9th October 2007
Muslims join Christian condemnation of gay protection law 100
12:31 PM — The Islamic Human Rights Commission has condemned a proposed new offence of incitement to hatred on the basis of sexual orientation, adding its voice to a chorus of complaints from evangelical Christians.The IHRC, an "independent, not-for-profit, campaign, research and advocacy organisation based in London," attacked the concept of a gay incitement law."If someone is reading the Bible and calls homosexuality an abomination, is that going to be incitement?"
LGBT youth on course for leadership training
11:45 AM — Young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people have been given the chance to participate in a free London project which aims to turn them into future leaders for the youth and voluntary community.The Consortium of LGBT Voluntary and Community Organisations is holding the Step-up programme, a three day residential event in the centre of London from the 22nd to 24th October which will teach the skills they say are needed for people to lead organisations at the highest level.
York to host lesbian festival
11:35 AM — The biggest Lesbian Arts Festival in the country will be taking place in the city of York later this month. There are a range of events, some open to everyone, others women-only.On Saturday 27th October a Book Festival will be held at York Racecourse.The event and be packed with talented and inspiring authors and artists from the UK and USA.
8th October 2007
Government approves incitement to gay hate law 101
7:30 PM — The Justice Secretary has announced that a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation will be introduced in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill.Jack Straw added that he would consider similar protections for trans and disabled people.The House of Commons met today for the first time since July to hear a statement from the Prime Minister on Iraq and to give the bill its second reading.
Nick Boles selected to fight Thatcher seat 1
4:40 PM — A prominent gay politician has been selected to fight the constituency of Grantham and Stamford for the Conservatives at the next election.Nick Boles, who was a frontrunner to be his party's candidate for Mayor of London until he withdrew from the race after being diagnosed with a form of cancer, came within 500 votes of winning Hove in the 2005 election.The seat has particular importance for Tories. Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was born and raised in Grantham.
Top prize for lesbian coming of age film
4:05 PM — A drama about a teenage African-American lesbian has won a £25,000 award.Pariah was directed by Dee Rees, an American director who originally wrote it as a semi-autobiographical feature-length piece.The movie already made a stir on the American short film circuit as well as winning the best narrative short award at the Newfest film festival in New York.
English bishop threatens conference boycott over gays 30
11:36 AM — The Church of England's war of words over the ordination of a gay bishop has been reignited by the Bishop of Rochester, who has indicated he may boycott a meeting of senior Anglican leaders next year.The Lambeth conference, held every ten years, has been a focus of discontent from traditionalists angry over the Church's stance over gay clergy and the blessing of same-sex relationships.Conservative bishop Michael Nazir-Ali has said he would "find it difficult" to attend the conference.
Christians object to proposed homophobic incitement law 100
10:54 AM — Fundamentalist religious groups are claiming their members could face seven years in jail for expressing their views about homosexuality under proposed new legislation.The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill gets its second reading this afternoon as Parliament reconvenes after its long summer break.Gay rights activists are hopeful that the bill will introduce a new offence of incitement to hatred based on sexual orientation.
Newcastle plans Pride 2008 3
10:12 AM — An annual celebration of the North East's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities is being planned.Northern Pride will be launched in July 2008 and aims to attract 3,000 people from the region and beyond by offering a wide-range of entertainment.Run by a team of LGBT volunteers from the North East, organisers hope it will grow to become a mainstay of the region's cultural calendar in the same way as other Pride events in Manchester and Brighton.
6th October 2007
Two gay venues face closure in Birmingham 5
11:20 PM — Two of Birmingham's most popular gay venues face closure after what the owners' claim is "targeting" by property developers and the police.Cosby Homes, a development company has complained to the local council that the Nightingale, the biggest gay club in the area, emits too much noise and holds "unauthorised adult entertainment." The complaint comes six months after they were turned down to develop 162 flats on land close to the venue. Crosby Homes are appealing the rejection.
Gordon Brown rules out early election 2
5:41 PM — The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown's official spokesman has ruled out an early election that had been hyped by Labour ministers and the Prime Minister's officials.A spokesman for Mr Brown said: "I can now confirm that the prime minister has said there will be no autumn poll."The Prime Minister has this weekend pored over private and media polls that have shown that Labour's lead over the opposition Conservative Party has narrowed.
5th October 2007
Prescott rejects Russian church leader’s gay hate
6:03 PM — John Prescott, the former British Deputy Prime Minister, joined European Parliamentarians yesterday in petitioning the head of the Russian Orthodox Church about his homophobic views.The petition read: "We urge Patriarch Alexy to avoid the use of language inciting intolerance and to respect, rather than seek to deny, the fundamental rights of sexual minorities."Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II had called homosexuality an "illness" and attacked what he called "homosexual propaganda."
Conservative anger over cruising ground firefighters 41
12:49 PM — A Conservative councillor is seeking to overturn the punishment of four firefighters from Avon Fire and Rescue Service who were reported after shining torches on gay men cruising in Bristol Downs.Bristol city councillor Spud Murphy labelled the decision to discipline the men for misuse of fire equipment and bringing the service into disrepute after the incident in June as "barmy", echoing outrage already shown by the tabloids.One of the men caught in the firefighter's torchlight later filed a complaint under advice from charity Terrence Higgins Trust.
THT launches drugs awareness campaign
11:50 AM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a new campaign this week to provide support and information to gay men about drugs, HIV and sex.The new scheme offers outreach work, one-to-one counselling and a series of information booklets examining how different drugs affect health, sexual behaviour and HIV medication.The Gay Men's Sex Survey (2005) showed that drug use was widespread amongst gay men. Men who use drugs were more likely to have unprotected anal sex.
4th October 2007
Rising star pledges Tories to gay rights 4
7:40 PM — A meeting of gay Tories at the party's conference in Blackpool this week discussed gay hate crime legislation, the battle against homophobia in schools, sport and internationally, and "fingering" Gordon Brown on his gay rights voting record.More than fifty delegates and party activists attended the fringe event, organised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.Shadow Justice Minister Nick Herbert, a rising Conservative star, addressed the meeting.
Tipping the Velvet author’s third TV adaptation
6:15 PM — Sarah Waters' second book, Affinity, is to be adapted by Pride and Prejudice screenwriter Andrew Davies.This is the third time a Waters book has been turned into television following Tipping The Velvet (2002) and Fingersmith, (2005) both for the BBC.Affinity is a gothic ghost story of a Victorian girl who finds herself attracted to a female inmate at Millbank, one of London's harshest prisons.
Gay bishops and same sex unions ‘inappropriate’ says report
1:15 PM — A report to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has given assurances that bishops around the world will 'exercise restraint' in ordaining any more openly gay bishops, and not bless same sex marriages.But the report, published yesterday by the Joint Standing Committee, which influences policy within the Anglican communion, has proved unsatisfactory to both sides by avoiding condoning or condemning gays.
Police appeal over missing gay man
12:51 PM — Police are appealing for the public's help in tracing a man who has been missing from his home in Cheadle Hulme.John Chadwick, who is aged about 42, of Hall Meadow, was last seen by his landlord on Monday evening, 2 July 2007, at about 8pm at The Ryecroft Arms on Turves Road.John visited a cousin in the Brixton area of London between 6 and 8 July, but since leaving his cousin's house, he has not been seen or heard from and police are now unable to reach him.
Firefighters fined for disturbing cruising ground activity 41
11:42 AM — A group of firefighters have been disciplined over an incident on Bristol Downs where they "interrupted" four gay men in a cruising ground.They shone their torches from their engine into bushes catching men engaged in outdoor sex.One of the men caught by the torch light then filed a complaint under advice from HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust.
Stonewall FC set their sights on London World Cup
10:45 AM — They took silver in Buenos Aires last week, but gay football team Stonewall FC are going for gold at next year's International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championships in London.The annual event, established in 1997, took place in South America for the first time this year.Douglas Edward, Stonewall FC's first team striker, was upbeat despite losing 1-0 to Argentine team Los Dogos. "The tournament was fantastic and Stonewall FC again proved that we are the premier gay football team," he said.